5 Scents To Keep At Your Desk That Will Wake You Up During Your Midday Slump

by Imani Brammer

OK so, you just had your lunch, you're probably falling asleep, and you really need something -- anything -- to awaken your senses at this point.

Your boss is two minutes away from asking you about that assignment you were supposed to complete before you entered this dark hole of fatigue.

So how do you get out of it?

The fix could be as simple as lighting a candle.

There are a handful of scents that with one whiff, will aid in totally pulling out of that midday slump. First, let's start off with the citruses:

1. Grapefruit

A whiff of grapefruit helps to fight mental exhaustion, helping you to feel more energized. It actually acts as an instant pick-me-up.

Best place to get this scent? Orchid Brooklyn. The Orchid Brooklyn candle company makes candles that focuses on wellness, simplicity, and femininity.

The materials in the candle are all natural (no toxins, no pollutants), so you're getting an aroma high off that good burn (haha, get it?).

Besides, while the scent will awaken you, the packaging will make you feel like it's a beauty essential.

Get this scent here for $30.

2. Lemon

A lemon scent is most commonly known to awaken your seemingly perpetual slumber. Lemon may be the most powerful of the citrus smells, as inhaling it increases mental stimulation.

Mrs. Meyer's has a wonderful peppermint scent; it's light on the nose and easy to purchase, as you can pick it up in almost any supermarket.

Get this scent here for $6.99.

3. Bergamot Orange

This scent is pretty radical, as it has numerous benefits.

If you're wondering what a bergamot orange is, it's a citrus fruit that grows from the bergamot tree, a result of a cross-breeding between an orange and a lemon. Thus, your benefits are two-fold.

The scent of bergamot orange is said to be a stimulant, creating a feeling of freshness, jubilance, and renewed energy. Best place to get this scent? LitBklyn.

Their Bergamot candle, "Joy," is said to be perfect for your early morning routine. If it's great for the morning, then it's bound to be spot on for that afternoon drudgery of yours. Besides, the chic, gold packaging adds much needed spice and personality, a wonderful contrast for those gray cubicle walls.

Get this scent from Lit Brooklyn for $14.

And now for the herbs…

4. Peppermint

Peppermint has a rejuvenating effect, making you feel calm, yet renewed (speaking from personal experience here). According to The Sleep Judge, a small amount will reduce mental stress, as well as help with mental focus and performance.

Plant Life, an aromatherapy candle company, has some of the best aromatherapy candles. The scent is not too overpowering and the packing is compact, fitting perfectly atop your desk.

Get this scent from Amazon for $17.95.

5. Rosemary

Rosemary actually acts as a cognitive stimulant, which means it's a memory booster. One whiff, and you'll remember just what you were supposed to be doing.

OK, maybe it's not that simple, but it does help with memory retention, and you can never go wrong with that. Warm Tree Design packages their candles in airy pastel colors, so not only is it easy on the nose, but pleasant on the eyes as well.

Find this scent on Etsy for $8.